Sick in bed :0(

Sick gromit

Sorry to report, but there is very little to report.

I have been sick with Allergies/Head cold, not sure which since Easter Sunday.

Sick enough that dust is forming on my knitting basket…Horror!

I am dosing with Coffee, reading materials and Antihistamines. 

Think I am past the worst of it.

I have to get better for the Dkc Knit Frolic on Saturday!

Hope to be able to report improvement on Friday. 

Oh and I found another delightful pattern in my virtual travels

Photo: Free Pattern ! http://media.wix.com/ugd/5c2042_1e3d9e04daf3987ee1eb0d9b72652581.pdf

Dolce Baby Cardigan – a free pdf. from Abuelita yarns found on “Do Ewe Knit?” on Facebook.

Meanwhile I am going to surf my favourite Blogs…sniff!

Toronto and Rob Ford, the slow train wreak!

Picture from Toronto Islands across the harbour

Ok, I have to share my embarrassment with the slow motion train wreak that is the Mayor of Toronto. I was born and raised here. This the largest city in Canada, it is a clean, safe and an interesting place to visit. Legally under Municipal, Provincial and Federal law in Canada, a Mayor cannot be removed from office for this kind of behaviour, as much as we might wish it. Obviously this Mayor will cause a review of these policies, we have never had someone so undeserving of the honour of this position. His behaviour has over shadowed any $$$ savings and rationalizing of the cities finances, and the extensions in process to Transit systems.
Currently we are stuck with him for another year :0(

Recipe: Sore Throat remedy

Great recipe for sore throats, a little in boiling water or tea.

Sliced Lemon, Ginger (peeled and shaved), honey

Sterile Jar

Will last for 2 to 3 months, store in fridge.

Getting ready for flu season!

This would make a good Christmas Gift too.

FO Friday: Contemplation on the “To do list”.

 Mixed martial arts and crafts posed, what I feel is a very important question last week. Refering to a post by The Underground crafter about reconsidering the list of people on your list that are given Handmade gifts. I have given this a lot of thought. With 2 months to Christmas I am reviewing my gift giving.

Over the last few years I have attempted the impossible, a little something for everyone. Looking back, I was spending most of my year working on lovely stuff that some of my loved ones never wear, or value. In examining my feelings on the matter, I have decided this doesn’t hurt my feelings, but it does make me sad. Maybe if these people received only the occasional handmade gift it would hold more meaning.

There are some thickies in my family tree who see this kind of a gift as cheap, handmade equals more junk for the back of the closet or drawer, needless to say these people are the first to go off my list, gift cards I think.

So in attempt to rationalize the list, I am going to trim it down and reconsider the size and amount of time, and money I am investing in this endeavour. After all this is supposed to be for the pleasure of making and giving!

I have decided to give priority to those closest to me. I cannot show the gifts yet as those who will receive them read my blog on occasion.

The still to make for list:

My DH and DS both are very pleased to receive that little parcel of handmade specialness :0) (maybe more than one gift each)

My Mother is a crafter and gets it (medium gift, I already give her handmade on almost every occasion)

My Father tries, but it must be useful and come with a book. (so something small)

My Brother and SIL, I have come to the conclusion the one handmade item between them will work best.

My BiL really appreciated the Handspun hat I made him a few years ago. (occasional gift list)

Maybe list

My MiL doesn’t really want a gift at all and tends to put them in a drawer… (purchase something special)

Niece – Occassional list

Nephew – purchase something special

Bumped off the list

Thickies in my family tree who don’t get it! (this covers a few people)

Ready for the Bazaar tomorrow!

Book of the week: Water Bound by Christine Feehan

Another of the Sea Haven novels that began with the Drake sisters. Rather good read.

This weeks Music: “Bailero” – Sung by Netania Davrath

FO’s 2012 = 59

Patterns from my own Library = 6

WIP’s 2012 = 4

Stash used 2012 =  67 (this FO used left overs)

Beryl Blanket Hexes =  48

Books =  32 + 1 = 33

Thanks again for visiting,

cya next week

WIP Weds and Friday’s at Tami’s

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FO Friday: The Finish Line and racing forward on a wip

Done all done! I have been working away on the Ravellenic Games 2012 for team teamcarryalongkalgals2012.

Tada, finished Wingspan in 20hrs, 53mins, with Total of 76 beads (an extra bead at the tip of the wings at the top edge) Cast on during the torch lighting, finished Wednesday night at 10:25pm EST. I might add this is only knitting time, not including sleeping, eating, trips to the emergency vet (Jack is back to his cuddly normal self), weddings, etc. For more details see the last couple of posts!

Wingspan with beads!

Wingspan with beads on 78st.

Entered as Eventcharity:

Will be donated to St. Georges Anglican church to raise funds for wheelchair ramp

charity rowing

Entered as Eventoneskein

of S.R. Kertzer On Your Toes 4 Ply with Aloe Vera fingering

Medal

Entered as Eventbeads:

medal-2012-BEADS

Total of 76 beads (an extra bead at the tip of the wings at the top edge) beads progressed from 5 on the bottom of the first wing, adding one extra on the end of each wing to wing 8 and 12 beads.

Entered as Eventshawl: well shawlette

medal-2012-SHAWL

Entered as Eventstash: This yarn has been in my stash for years :0)

stash medal

Since I finished this so quickly I decided to enter my

Cozy Winter Shawl/scarf
Cozy Winter Shawl
Entered as Eventwips
To enter this category: WIP Wrestling, Work on an existing project. You must not have worked on the project since May 15, 2012. (this certainly qualifies) The project should have been started by you. If someone else started the project, you should have done a substantial amount of work on it yourself before the May 15 cut off.
I started this December 1, 2011, my challenge is to get this done before August 12,2012. Embarassed to say, this is my own design, pattern is ready for publishing, object 90% done. My only excuse is no excuse lol

Oh and my Darling sweetheart bought me this

on Wednesday night, delivered today <Happy Dance>

My very own Gio-bike, it’s electric! Zero to 33 km per hr, it has a bike alarm, storage under the seat, glove box, and trunk.

Weee more trips to LYS, freedom!

If my son is good I may let him borrow her.

I am not allowed to call her “Betzy”, I need some suggestions please…

she is tealish blue :0)

Did you know we have a Garter Snake in the backyard called SSSydney, he’s ssshy…

FO’s 2012 = 50 + 1 = 51

Patterns from my own Library = 5

WIP’s 2012 = 4 – 1 = 3

Stash used 2012 = 61 + 2 = 63

Stash Purchased 2012 = 69

Beryl Blanket Hexes =  48

Books = 20

Take Care and cya next Wed

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The Rational Optimist (from the FB postings of Peter Atkinson)

My brother Peter posted 14 days of these observations on facebook, wanting to save it and pass it on, I’m posting them here. Enjoy I hope you find this as uplifting as I do…

Please note, that I personally do not agree with all statements presented here, some I find simplistic and others I find just plan short sighted, however on the whole I find that optimism is rational in this day and age… please read and give your own opinion.

From his Posting:

Our movies promote an apocalyptic vision of our future.  Our news is story’s of misery, bigotry, and tragedy followed by documentaries of doom.  Over the next seventeen days with the help of Matt Ridley, zoologist, economist, financier, foreign correspondent and author of ‘The Rational Optimist’, we’re going to look at our world as it really is.  The truth is there has never been a better time to be alive.  Not just here, but with very few exception anywhere in the world.  Join me in seeing the world we live in in a different and rational way and see that our future is truly bright and promising.

Rational Optimist Day One: We’re better off now. Compared with just 50 years ago, when I was born, the average human now earns nearly three times as much money (corrected for inflation), eats one third more calories, buries two thirds fewer children, and can expect to live one third longer.  In fact it’s hard to find any region of the world that’s worse off now than it was then, even though the global population has more than doubled over that period.

The Rational Optimist Day 2; Urban Living is a good thing.  City dwellers take up less space, use less energy, and have less impact on natural ecosystems then country dwellers.  The worlds cities now contain over half it’s people, but they occupy less than 3  percent of its land mass.  Urban growth may disgust environmentalists, but living in the country is not the best way to care for the earth.  The best thing we can do for the planet is build more skyscrapers.

The Rational Optimist Day 3: Poverty is nose-diving. The rich are getting richer, but the poor do even better. Between 1980 and 2000, the poor doubled their consumption. The Chinese are ten times richer and live about 25 years longer than they did 50 years ago. Nigerians are twice as rich and live nine more years. The percentage of the world’s people living in absolute poverty has dropped by over half. The United Nations estimates that poverty was reduced more in the past 50 years than in the previous 500.

The Rational Optimist day 4: The important stuff costs less. One reason we are richer, healthier, taller, cleverer, longer-lived, and freer than ever before is the four most basic human needs – food, clothing, fuel, and shelter – have grown markedly cheaper. Take one example: In 1800, a candle providing one hour’s light cost six hours work. In 1880 the same light from a kerosene lamp took 15 minutes work to pay for. In 1950, it was eight seconds. Today, it’s half a second. In these terms, we are 43,200 times better off than in 1800.

The Rational Optimist Day 5: The Environment is better than you think.  In the United States , rivers, lakes, seas, and air are getting cleaner all the time.  A car today emits less pollution traveling at full speed than a parked car did from leaks in 1970.

The Rational Optimist Day 6: Shopping fuels innovation.  Even allowing for the many people who still live in abject poverty, our own generation has access to more calories, watts, megahertz, square feet, air miles, food per acre, miles per gallon, and of course, money than any who lived before us.  This will continue as long as we use these things to make other things.  The more we specialize and exchange, the better off we’ll be.

The Rational Optimist Day 7: Global trade enriches our lives.  By 9 am, I have shaved with an American razor, eaten bread made with French wheat and spread with New Zealand butter and Spanish marmalade, brewed tea from Sri Lanka, dressed in clothes made from Indian cotton and Australian wool, put on shoes of Chinese leather and Malaysian rubber, and read a new paper printed on Finnish paper with Chinese ink.  I have consumed minuscule fractions of the productive labor of hundreds of people.  This is the magic of trade and specialization.  Self-sufficiency is poverty.

The Rational Optimist Day 8: More farm production = more wilderness.  While the world population has increased more than fourfold since 1900, other things have increased too – area of crops by 30% harvests by 600%.  At the same time, more than two billion acres of “secondary” tropical forest are now regrowing since farmers left them to head for the cities, and it is already rich in biodiversity.  In fact, the author makes the outrageous prediction: The world will feed itself to a higher and higher standard throughout this century without plowing any new land.

The Rational Optimist Day 9:  The good old days weren’t.  Some people argue that in the past there was a simplicity, tranquility, sociability, and spirituality that’s now been lost.  This rose-tinted nostalgia is generally confined to the wealthy.  It’s easier to wax elegiac for the life of a pioneer when you don’t have to use an outhouse.  The biggest-ever experiment in back-to-the-land hippie life-style is now known as the Dark Ages.

The Rational Optimist Day 10:  Population growth is not a threat.  Although the world population is growing, the rate of increase has been falling for 50 years.  Across the globe, national birth rates are lower now than in 1960, and in the less developed world, the birth rate has approximately halved.  This is happening despite people living longer and infant-mortality rates dropping.  According to an estimate from the United Nations, population will start to fall once it peaks at 9.2 billion in 2075–so there is every prospect of feeding the world forever. After all, there are already seven billion people on earth, and they are eating better and better every decade.

The Rational Optimist Day 11:  Oil is not running out.  In 1970, there were 550 billion barrels of oil reserves in the world, and in the 20 years that followed, the world used 600 billion.  So by 1990, reserves should have been overdrawn by 50 billion barrels, Instead, they amounted 900 billion – not counting tar sands and oil shale that between them contain about 20 times the proven reserves of Saudi Arabia. Oil, coal, and gas are finite, but they will last for decades, perhaps centuries, and people will find alternatives long before they run out.

The Rational Optimist Day 12:  We are the luckiest generation.  This generation has experienced more peace, freedom, leisure time, education, medicine, and travel than any in history.  Yet it laps up gloom at every opportunity.  Consumers do not celebrate their wonderful field of choice, according to psychologists, people say they are “overwhelmed”.  When I go to my local superstore, I do not see people driven to misery by the impossibility of choice.  I see people choosing.

The Rational Optimist Day 13:  Storms are not getting worse. Not at all. While the climate warmed slightly last century, the incidence of hurricanes and cyclones fell.  Since the 1920, the global annual death rate from weather-related natural disasters (that is, the proportion of the world’s population killed rather than simply the overall number) has declined by a staggering 99 percent.  The killing power of hurricanes depends more on wealth than on wind speed.  A big hurricane struck the well prepared Yucatan in Mexico in 2007 and killed nobody.  A similar storm struck impoverished Burma the next year and killed 200,000.  The best defenses against disaster are prosperity and freedom.

The Rational Optimist Day 14:  Great ideas keep coming.  The more we prosper, the more we can prosper.  The more we invent, the more inventions become possible.  The world of things is often subject to diminishing returns.  The world of ideas is not; The ever-increasing exchange of ideas causes the every-increasing rate of innovation in the modern world.  There isn’t even a theoretical possibility of exhausting our supply of ideas, discoveries, and inventions.

I look forward to the comments this post will no doubt generate…

WIP Wed: Untangled in the Park with Socks on

Each Summer our small town gathers at Rotary Park for live music. At 7:00 in the evening a group of us gather with our lawn chairs to knit and listen.

My father and the other members of the men’s club (the boys in blue) sell goodies at the Loonie table.  In Canada our $1.00 coin has a bird called a Loon on it, so Canadians call them Loonies, $2.00 coins are referred to as Toonies, they have a polar bear on them.

The Anglican Men’s club at work raising funds for the local hospital.

Coffee, pop, chocolates, chips and homemade butter tarts Yummm

Yup, my Dad with his broken ankle, was supervising from my wheelchair :0)

There was a large crowd and great entertainment!

This was the first “Music in the Park” for the season.

What was I working on you ask? Untangles obviously.  5 and counting!

Number 3

Untangled #5 – Sorry for the glare

More pictures on Friday, my niece says they are cool.

2nd sock, working on the toe

Ankle sock 2 is almost done, hopefully Friday.

And Jack, he is a work-in-progress. Did you know kittens get into everything? But he is a cuddler so we like him. Willow is tolerating him for now.

Update Current WIP List

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